At their weekly meeting Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors heard a report from Ashley Christiansen and Melony Storm on plans for the 3rd Annual Substance Abuse Recovery Walk, which is a day of fun and celebration for recovering substance abusers and their families.
This year's walk is scheduled for Saturday September 29th at Spencer. Registration for the walk will take place at Compass Point in Spencer between 10 a.m. and noon, and participants will then walk down Grand Avenue, concluding their walk at Leeds Park.
Participants will be provided with official T-shirts, and at the park there will be plenty of games and family activities, including a photo booth where participants can have their photos taken and a copy of the photo printed. The Board approved donating $500 to the walk as a show of support.
Christiansen also talked about the Family Treatment Court. This is a program for Cherokee and Ida Counties which receives funding from a Federal Grant. The grant is due to expire, but an extension has been requested, and Christiansen said the Court has received such wonderful support fro area substance abuse providers and has been such a positive program for families that she feels it will continue whether or not the Federal Grant extension is approved - though she hopes it will be, of course.
Christiansen will be hosting this Friday's Chamber Coffee at the Supervisor's Room in the Cherokee County Courthouse, and she will be describing what the Family Court is and how it operates.
Brandon Billings, Engineers Project Manager, asked for the Supervisors' approval of a Utility permit for the Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) in Cedar Township, Sections 19 and 20. This was approved.
Kristi Petersen, County Human Resources Director, asked for a wage authorization of $17.43 per hour for new employee Mike Brunsting as a General Laborer in the Secondary Roads Department, and this was approved by the Board.
Petersen also noted that five County employees celebrate birthdays this month and they were recognized by the Supervisors.
Petersen also presented a report from Ed Morrison of the Iowa Municipalities Worker' Compensation Association on his on-site visit to Cherokee County on May 30, 2012.
Morrison reported that he had reviewed the county facilities and spoken with a number of staff members and felt that in general the county has taken the initiative to implement a number of safety procedures which have contributed to a generally safe and compliant workplace. He did have some recommendations on how the county could improve, including revising the structure of the Safety Committee to include a cross section of all county employees, conducting regularly scheduled monthly Safety Committee meetings, and establishing a better system of reporting incidents and "close calls."
Morrison asked for a response by July 30 in his report, but the Supervisors felt that since none of them had seen the report prior to the meeting, and since there were two Supervisors absent at Tuesday's meeting and one will also be absent next week, they won't have time to formulate a response by thr June 30th deadline. Chairman Schmidt asked Petersen to notify Morrison that the Board would need a little more time to form a response.
The issue will be on the Board agenda at the August 7th meeting, and the Supervisors will respond following discussion at that meeting.
The final item on the agenda Tuesday was a discussion on the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Multi-Jursidiction Amendment #1, but since there was no one present to report on that item, it was tabled until the next meeting.